a bold, boisterous girl; tomboy
Origin of hoydenEarly ModE, a rude fellow ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Dutch heiden, akin to Old English hæthen, heathen
bold and boisterous; tomboyish
A high-spirited, boisterous, or saucy girl.
Origin of hoydenFrom earlier hoyden, a rude youth, probably from Dutch heiden, heathen, boor, from Middle Dutch; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more hoyden, superlative most hoyden)
Probably from Middle Dutch heiden, from Germanic heidano ‘heathen, gypsy’.